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Apply to the Hacker Fellows fellowship program. Every year we accept aspiring startup software developers to work with Michigan startups, boost their salaries, and train in a software and entrepreneurial bootcamp. 


We have two application/selection rounds for Hacker Fellows. The first round of interviews will span November and December while the second round of interviews spans February through March.

In each round, applicants will have a casual phone interview with our team, and then an in-person interview in Detroit with a current Hacker Fellow, our team and a white board. We encourage prospective fellows to be their authentic selves during the entire interview process -- you don't have to dress up.

In-between your phone and in-person interview, we will give you a short code assessment to complete at home.

After all of this is a smashing success, we will extend you an offer to be part of Hacker Fellows! 

Please Note: Both Application/Selection Rounds Admit To The Same Fellowship Year. 


Beginning in February, fellows will interface with the startups in the Hacker Fellows network via an online matchmaking portal. This portal handles all of the online matchmaking -- creating profiles, viewing company profiles & marking those companies of interest. Think of this like "startup tinder."

After online matchmaking, we view all of the matches, and schedule an in-person interview day at our office in Detroit. This is quite the day of stacked interviews between fellows and startups. Typically, fellows had anywhere from five to eight in-person interviews. Prior to the interview day, we'll notify you of the roster so you can do what you need to prepare. 

After the in-person interview day, the month of April and the early parts of May are when startups will extend full-time job offers to fellows!

View startups that have hired fellows in the past


The Hacker Fellows bootcamp kicks off yearly in mid-May. We will move you to Midtown Detroit for the training session so you can enjoy the city with your techy peers.

Last year, our bootcamp focused on these technologies/topics:

  • Ruby

  • Test-Driven Development

  • Refactoring Techniques

  • Object-Oriented Design

  • Database Design

  • Object-Relational Mapping

Beyond the über technical, we immerse fellows in entrepreneurial training sessions lead by Invest Detroit, startup leaders, and other key figures in the startup community.

During your time in the bootcamp, we pay for just about everything. We cover your housing, the entire cost of the training and a living stipend of ~$1100 so you can explore and enjoy Detroit!

Near the close of the bootcamp, we’ll share ~$1,500 with you to help cover the costs of moving. We can’t take the stress out of moving, but this won’t hurt. We promise.

View 2019’s technical curriculum


June marks the beginning of work for our Hacker Fellows. We then coordinate directly with your startup to boost your compensation during your first year of employment. We give you this salary boost and funding so the startup has a low barrier of entry when trying to access your talent. During the first four years of Hacker Fellows salaries have ranged from $50,000 - $85,000, with most being around $68,000.

In addition to develop software at a startup, Hacker Fellows will participate in ongoing mentorship and activities throughout the year. We host monthly meetups amongst all Hacker Fellows, connect you with graduated fellows, check-in on you at work, and make sure you've achieved a soft landing with a Michigan startup.